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John Plastaras, M.D., Ph.D.

John Plastaras, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Radiation Oncology

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Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-3714
Fax: 215-349-8975
B.A. (Biology)
Emory University, 1994.
M.S. (Chemistry)
Emory University, 1994.
B.S. (Chemistry)
Emory University, 1994.
Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
Vanderbilt University, 2000.
Vanderbilt University, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

1. Reirradiation with Proton Therapy: He is the Principal Investigator for the ongoing multicenter clinical study "Proton Radiotherapy for Recurrent Tumors" (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01126476). He is interested in factors that increase the risk of toxicity from reirradiation as well as factors that predict for radioresistance in these recurrent tumors.

2. Decreasing Toxicity of Lymphoma Radiotherapy: Interests include developing proton radiotherapy techniques for patients with lymphoma, developing models for predicting radiation-related toxicity, and using highly conformal techniques.

3. Using Moleclar Imaging to Estimate Radiation Dose during Radioimmunotherapy.

4. Proton therapy for gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies: He is the Principal Investigator for the clinical study "Proton therapy for upper GI cancers" (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01449864)

Description of Clinical Expertise

radiation therapy, lymphoma, gastroinstestinal cancer, proton radiotherapy, total body irradiation

Selected Publications

Fernandes Annemarie T, Apisarnthanarax Smith, Yin Lingshu, Zou Wei, Rosen Mark, Plastaras John P, Ben-Josef Edgar, Metz James M, Teo Boon-Keng: Comparative assessment of liver tumor motion using cine-magnetic resonance imaging versus 4-dimensional computed tomography. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 91(5): 1034-40, Apr 2015.

Ojerholm E, Kirk M, Thompson R, Zhai A, Metz JM, Both S, Ben-Josef E, Plastaras JP : Pencil-beam scanning proton therapy for anal cancer: a dosimetric comparison with intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Acta Oncologica [Epub ahead of print], Mar 3 2015.

Zeng C, Plastaras JP, Tochner Z, White B, Hill-Kayser C, Hahn S, Both S: Proton pencil beam scanning for mediastinal lymphoma: the impact of interplay between target motion and beam scanning. Physics in Medicine and Biology 60: 3013-3029, 2015.

Gandhi SJ, Liang X, Ding X, Zhu TC, Ben-Josef E, Plastaras JP, Metz JM, Both S, Apisarnthanarax S: Clinical decision tool for optimal delivery of liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): photons versus protons. Practical Radiation Oncology in press, 2015.

Landsburg DJ, Vogl DT, Plastaras JP, Stadtmauer EA: Melphalan/total body irradiation-conditioned myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for patients with primary plasma cell leukemia. Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia 14(6): e225-8, Dec 2014.

Dionisi F, Avery S, Lukens JN, Ding X, Kralik J, Kirk M, Roses RE, Amichetti M, Metz JM, Plastaras JP: Proton therapy in adjuvant treatment of gastric cancer: planning comparison with advanced x-ray therapy and feasibility report Acta Oncologica 53(10): 1312-20, Oct 2014.

Bloch P and Plastaras JP: Dose Calculation for I131/ I124 Radioimmunoconjugates for Radioimmunotherapy. Austin Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy 1(1): 3, Sept 2014.

Thompson RF, Myeker S, Zhai H, Both S, Apisarnthanarax S, Metz JM, Plastaras JP, Ben-Josef E: A Dosimetric Comparison of Proton and Photon Therapy in Unresectable Cancers of the Head of Pancreas. Medical Physics 41(8): 081711, Aug 2014.

K. Wang, N. Vapiwala, C. Deville, J. P. Plastaras, V. Bui, V. Bar Ad, Z. Tochner, S. Both: The Impact of Stool and Gas Volume on Intrafraction Prostate Motion in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy with Daily Endorectal Balloon Radiotherapy and Oncology 112(1): 89-94, Jul 2014.

Whaley JT, Fernandes AT, Sackmann R, Plastaras JP, Teo B-K, Grover S, Perini RF, Metz JM, Pryma DA, Apisarnthanarax S: Clinical utility of integrated positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging in the clinical management and radiation treatment planning of locally advanced rectal cancer. Practical Radiation Oncology 4(4): 226-32, Jul-Aug 2014.

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Last updated: 04/10/2015
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